Benita Lee - July 24, 2018
Sixteen years after its US approval in 2002, birth control Essure is slated to be fully discontinued at the end of this year. The permanent birth control device has been plagued with complaints of serious adverse side effects ranging from pelvic pain to perforation of the uterus. Manufacturer Bayer made the announcement earlier this month, attributing the decision to declining sales.
What is Essure?
Essure is a method of permanent birth control that involves placing a two metal coils into the female reproductive anatomy to block eggs from travelling from the ovaries to the uterus. See More
Katie Mui - July 06, 2018
For one reason or another, you may be considering a longer-term option for birth control. As far as preventing pregnancy goes, that’s not a bad idea at all. As a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), the intrauterine device (IUD) has a failure rate of only 0.8% and once inserted, it can last up to 12 years. With a 79% worth it score, women who’ve had an IUD have generally liked it. IUDs are tied with birth control pills as the top hormonal birth control method, as rated by Iodine users. See More
Katie Mui - June 29, 2018
Birth control is back in the spotlight as Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced on Wednesday that he will retire at the end of July 2018. This opens the door for a new Supreme Court Justice who will help shape important legal decisions as well as potentially rewrite old ones – including those around women’s health and reproductive rights.
We saw this happen last November, when the Trump administration made changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 02, 2017
When it comes to birth control, long-acting intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants are not only convenient for many women—they are also 20 times more effective than pills, patches, and rings. With insurance coverage of contraception likely to be phased back out in the next couple of years, many women are asking about long-acting, reversible birth control methods.
Studies show that 45% of pregnancies in the United States are unintended. See More
Dr. Sharon Orrange - May 30, 2013
Two doses of progesterone-releasing IUDs are now available and are popular new options for birth control. Levonorgestrel (synthetic progesterone) IUDs are used for contraception and to control heavy menstrual bleeding. Women like these IUDs because you have little to no menstrual cycles and they are in place for years.
The benefits of Mirena: